The Green Party of Pennsylvania will hold its convention in Monroeville this weekend to nominate candidates for local, state and federal offices.
The convention keynote speaker at a dinner Saturday evening is Mel Packer, a well-known peace activist and union organizer who participated in organizing resistance to the G20 Summit held in Pittsburgh last fall. Mr. Packer is a former board member of the Thomas Merton Center and is seeking the party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Arlen Specter.
Green Party Chairperson Hillary Kane said the party’s candidates in this year’s elections will focus on the issues of single-payer health care, economic growth through “green” jobs, corruption among state officials in Harrisburg, and the need to regulate the environmental effects of booming natural gas drilling in the state.
Select Saturday workshops at the convention are open to the public, and the party’s business and nominating meeting will be Sunday. Information about the convention at the Holiday Inn Monroeville and the Green Party is available on the party website at www.gpofpa.org